Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publication: Phoenix (24 May 2012)
Summary: Nick Dunne's wife goes missing on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary. Will he be to blame?
What I Think
Praise for Flynn's magical way with words.
"Margo, calling from good ole North Carthage, Missouri, from the house where we grew up, and as I listened to her voice, I saw her at age ten, with a dark cap of hair and overall shorts, sitting on our grandparents' back dock, her body slouched over like an old pillow, her skinny legs dangling in the water, watching the river flow over fish-white feet, so intently, utterly self-possessed even as a child."
The example I've used above is, in my opinion, an exquisite sentence. Most people can't write sentences this long without losing the reader. Flynn uses atypical descriptions like a 'cap of hair' and 'fish-white feet'. She also manages to convey dialect 'good ole North Carthage' without it being overbearing, or difficult to follow.
The above quote from Flynn's third publication sums up her psychological thriller, Gone Girl, which tells the story from both Nick and Amy's points of view. After Amy's disappearance we initially we form an opinion about this couple from Nick's perspective and through Amy's diary entries. However, all is not as it seems. Is Nick the culprit? Is this just a classic 'unreliable narrator'? Oh no, it's so much more than that.
This is a fast-moving, gripping thriller, playing people (both unique and stereotypical at the same time) off against each other throughout. You will simultaneously be racing to the finish line as well as not wanting it to end. And the taste left in your mouth is: are men and women really like that?!
About the Author
Gillian Flynn's first novel, Sharp Objects, was the winner of the two CWA Dagger Awards and was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award, and for an Edgar. Her second, Dark Places, was published to great critical acclaim. A former writer and critic for Entertainment Weekly, her novels have been published in twenty-eight countries.
She lives in Chicago with her husband and son and a giant black cat named Roy. (Phoenix)
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